Most people treated with a herniated disc do not require a surgery for their conditions tend to improve after some time. 50% of herniated disc patients recovered after one month of diagnosis and treatments, and by ssix months, 96% have already recovered. Only 10% of people with herniated disc do not show any progress after six weeks of treatment and because of this, herniated disc surgery is considered. Herniated disc surgery is done to reduce the pain and for patients to have normal movements again and body functions.
Herniated disc surgery may be considered under some considerations like: a persistent pain in the leg even after medications. Aside from the pain, weakness and numbness are felt. Another considerable factors are loss control of bowel and bladder, abnormal sensitivity and a positive result of a straight-leg test.
MRI or magnetic resonance imaging and other diagnostic tests may be used to indicate and evaluate if a person can be considered as a candidate for herniated disc surgery. The surgery is valid only for people or patients showing specific symptoms of a herniated disc condition. The decision to undergo a herniated disc surgery is primarily based on the diagnostic test results and physical examinations. Reaction to medications and your decisions are also contributing aspects to be given attention to before administering the most suitable treatment. Other factors need to be considered too are overall health, age, impact of the illness such as inability to report to work, and severity of the symptoms. Take for example this case wherein you need the fastest recovery time in order for you to get back to work earlier since you cannot leave the office for longer period. Herniated disc surgery is a good option for this, or that it has been found out that it is unlikely for your condition to heal naturally since you have other spinal problems and need to be surgically treated. Herniated disc surgery is not recommendable to relieve back pains not caused by a disc herniation.
Herniated disc surgeries include discectomy, laminectomy and laminotomy, and percutaneous discectomy. Discectomy or open discectomy is a surgical procedure used in removing some part of the disc that gives pressure on a nerve root or spinal cord. This procedure can be used for ruptured discs or otherwise known as bulging discs.
The laminectomy and laminotomy are medical procedures in relieving the pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots. While the percutaneous discectomy is applied on bulging discs that ruptured towards the spinal canal.
All surgeries are indeed risky. Before you decide on whatever mode of treatment you prefer, whether surgical or non-surgical, seek help from medical experts and take their advises for they are better trained to deal with the matter better than you.